EHR usage rising slowly

November 9, 2007

The number of physicians using comprehensive EHR systems jumped nearly 25 percent from 2005 to 2006, according to the CDC.

The number of physicians using comprehensive EHR systems jumped nearly 25 percent from 2005 to 2006, according to the CDC. But the absolute percentage is still only 12.4 percent, compared with 9.3 percent the year before.

The CDC survey also found that 28.2 percent of physicians reported using "full or partial" EHRs, up from 22 percent in 2005. And 25.9 percent of practices reported that they had some form of EHR—a 42 percent rise over the 2005 figure (Government Health IT, Oct. 30).

Meanwhile, in a survey by the Medical Records Institute (MRI), nearly 19 percent of respondents reported that their organizations had uninstalled their EHR systems or were currently going through de-installation. About 8 percent said they were going back or had returned to paper documentation.

The survey was conducted by e-mail and at last May's TEPR show in Dallas. Of the respondents, 47 percent work in ambulatory care, 25 percent in hospitals, 6 percent in integrated healthcare systems, and 22 percent in other settings. Nearly 29 percent are physicians and nurses. Despite the heterogeneity of this sample, C. Peter Waegemann, MRI's CEO, reportedly said that the percentage of de-installations was only slightly higher than that found in other surveys (Modern Healthcare, Oct. 30).

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